Tailor-made Holidays & Group Tours to Mongolia, Bhutan and Burma
"It is difficult to pick out just one aspect. The mind-blowing wilderness of the horse trek in Mongolia combined with the cultural time spent in Beijing was just fantastic."
Patsy Prince & Adam Lester - Altai Explorer, Mongolia
Witness the ancient tradition of hunting with eagles at the Eagle Festival in Western Mongolia as entrants compete with their eagles for speed, accuracy & agility. The Eagle Festival is held during the first weekend in October, run by the Mongolian Eagle Hunter's Association. It showcases the lives and livelihoods of many of the nomadic people of Mongolia's westernmost province Bayan Olgii. Heavily imbued with neighbouring Kazakhstan's heritage, culture and language, the people and the landscape are markedly different from other parts of Mongolia. Dark, rocky mountainous terrain forms the backdrop to the festivities which incorporate an opening ceremony, parade, cultural exhibitions, demonstrations and handcrafts in the centre of town followed by sporting activities and competitions 4km out towards the mountains. Dressed in full eagle hunting regalia and mounted on groomed decorated horses, the entrants compete for the awards of Best Turned Out Eagle and Owner; Best Eagle at Hunting Prey and Best Eagle at Locating Its Owner from a Distance. Other sporting activities include horse racing, archery and the highly entertaining Bushkashi - goatskin tug of war on horseback.